Latest Issue

Tariq Ali – middle of the road?

By David Killen  

Whilst listening to Tariq Ali on Desert Island Discs yesterday, I recalled that I had once saved his life. Well, when I say “saved his life” I mean I braked very hard one evening to avoid knocking down a tracksuited figure who, on turning to acknowledge me with a guilty grin, revealed himself to be none other than the aforementioned 1960s lefty hero. Strangely, not long afterwards I was involved in a very similar incident—this time it was the actor Barry Foster with his hands on the bonnet and a terrified look in his eyes. On mentioning this coincidence to…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect